Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Shooting In Meade County Leaves Intruder Dead
Date of News Release: 04/28/2012
(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) – On Friday, April 27, 2012 at approximately 4:15 pm ET, KSP Post 4 Troopers and Detectives responded to a shooting at the 1500 block of Berry Cain Road in Guston, KY. The preliminary investigation revealed that 29 year old Joshua W. Wemes of Guston, KY, died of a single shotgun wound as he gained entry into the home of 22 year old Quinton T. Phillips of Amarillo, TX.
Meade County Dispatch had received calls earlier in the day of a domestic violence situation between Wemes and his girlfriend, 37 year old Toby L. Knott of Guston. The third call they received was at approximately 4 pm where Knott had fled to her daughter's mobile home across the field from her house. Wemes drove Knott's 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt across the field and rammed the side of the trailer in pursuit of her. Wemes then exited the vehicle and kicked in the front door of the mobile home and entered the residence. Quinton Phillips fired one shotgun round at Wemes hitting him in the stomach. Wemes succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Quinton T. Phillips is a soldier stationed at Ft. Knox and is married to the daughter of Toby Knott. Materials used in the manufacturing of meth were removed from the trunk of the Cobalt by Wemes and thrown in the field prior to him ramming the side of the mobile home. Those materials were removed by a KSP Drug Task Force Officer and properly disposed. No charges will be filed on Phillips by the KSP at this time. This investigation is ongoing and once completed will be presented to the Meade County Commonwealth's Attorney for review where a decision will be made on whether to present it to the Meade County Grand Jury. Det. Ryan Johnson is leading the investigation.